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Photodynamic Therapy for Actinic Keratosis & Acne

Certain skin conditions such as acne often start in the teenage years while other issues like actinic keratoses develop with age. Fortunately, photodynamic therapy (PDT) exists as a treatment that effectively controls both teenage acne as well as actinic keratosis. What Is an Actinic Keratosis? An actinic keratosis is a pre-cancerous skin lesion, which forms as a result of prolonged…

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Eczema Awareness Month

October is eczema awareness month and those of us at the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery want to share some facts about eczema. Eczema is the name of a skin condition that causes the skin to become inflamed, itchy, and irritated. There are various types of eczema, but the most common is atopic dermatitis. Who gets eczema? Eczema is…

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Understanding Psoriasis: Causes and Treatment Options

The National Psoriasis Foundation sponsors Psoriasis Awareness Month every August. This month-long initiative aims to not only raise awareness of psoriasis, but also educate the public, as well as dispel the misinformation, myths, and stigmas surrounding the disease. The Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery’s Dr. Bernard Gasch takes a moment to discuss this widespread and sometimes debilitating skin condition.…

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The Mask of Pregnancy — Melasma

Melasma is a common skin problem characterized by brown to grey-brown patches on the face and occasionally the forearms. The condition is far more common in women and melasma often accompanies pregnancy or other hormonal changes. As a result, it is often referred to as “the mask of pregnancy.”   Who gets melasma? Melasma is mostly an issue for women,…

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Dealing with Skin Cancer

May 1st marks the beginning of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign aimed at bringing skin cancer prevention and detection to center stage.  Dr. Beata Rydzik of Portland’s Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery was on hand to discuss the importance of these efforts, emphasizing the need for regular skin cancer screenings. “Each year, over 3.5 million skin cancer…

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The Redness that is Rosacea

Some people think they often are lightly sunburned. Others think they blush easily. Others wonder if they had one too many drinks that night. Most don’t wonder if they have rosacea, but they should. It is estimated that 14 million Americans have rosacea, but most don’t know. Rosacea is a common skin disorder that usually affects the skin on the face.…

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How to Treat Brown Spots

For those dealing with unwanted skin discoloration, confidence and self-esteem can become a daily struggle.  Often manifesting in the form of brown spots and patches, skin discoloration can affect patients both physically and emotionally.  Thankfully, however, patients today are choosing to do something about it.  Dr. Beata Rydzik of Portland’s Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery recently sat down to…

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Make that Double Chin a Single with Kybella®

A “Double Chin” otherwise known as “submental fullness,” in the cosmetic world, is a common and extremely disturbing problem for many people.  What is even more disturbing is that there have been relatively few previous treatment options other than a surgical facelift that can only temporarily relieve this problem of fat below the chin. This has changed with the introduction…

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Photodynamic Therapy For Actinic Keratosis

Actinic keratosis is a pre-cancerous skin condition which form as a result of prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays, usually from the sun or tanning beds. Sun-damaged skin affected by actinic keratosis appears as a dark, rough, scaly patch. If left untreated, it may turn into squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer. PDT is a treatment that uses light…

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